Force chop and change for Brumbies

Date published: March 8 2017

Western Force boss Dave Wessels has made several changes to his matchday squad to take on the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.

Ross Haylett-Petty comes into the second row, as Wallaby lock Adam Coleman is set out to miss due to a calf injury.

Pek Cowan, Tetera Faulkner and Richard Hardwick all come back into the starting XV after impressive performances off the bench in the 26-19 win over the Reds last Thursday.

Hardwick comes in for Brynard Stander at number eight. Stander shifts to the blindside flank where he takes over from Ross Haylett-Petty who wore the number six jersey against the Reds in Perth.

Future Force Foundation forward Onehunga Havili Kaufusi is in line to make his Super Rugby debut, while new recruit Robbie Coleman has earned his spot on the bench and could make hisWestern Force debut against his former club.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann (c), 1 Pek Cowan 
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Onehunga Havili Kaufusi, 20 Isi Naisarani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman

Date: Friday, March 10
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19:45 local (08:45 GMT)
Referee: Peter Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

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